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Outbreak at Cargill's Watson Parkway facility up to 20 cases, four still active

There are currently 18 employees in isolation
Cargill facility on Dunlop Drive. GuelphToday file photo

As of Tuesday, 20 workers at Cargill's meat processing facility on Watson Parkway have tested positive for COVID-19.

Out of those, the facility currently has four active cases from the outbreak declared Jan. 8.

“We have conducted contact tracing and are working with local health officials to monitor the situation,” said Daniel Sullivan, media relations director for Cargill.

He said 18 employees are currently in isolation.

“We have mitigation plans in place to limit the spread of the virus and put safety first. We also continue to work closely with health officials to ensure effective prevention, cleaning, and quarantine protocols are followed within our facilities and beyond,” said Sullivan. 

The COVID outbreak in Cargill’s meat processing facility on Dunlop Drive was declared over by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health over two weeks ago after all 188 cases were cleared by Public Health.

Sullivan said safety protocols at the facilities were put in place to support staff at production facilities and will continue. Protocols include personal protective equipment, physical barriers, increased sanitation, social distancing, temperature testing, travel restrictions, and visitor restrictions.

“As essential workers, our employees are on the frontlines of delivering food to people across our communities amid the COVID-19 crisis. The health and safety of our employees is always our first priority and even more so during this pandemic,” said Sullivan. 

“Our employees take the responsibility to feed the world seriously. We are humbled by the resilience and commitment our employees are demonstrating to deliver millions of meals to families every day.”


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Anam Khan

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Anam Khan is a journalist who covers numerous beats in Guelph and Wellington County that include politics, crime, features, environment and social justice
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